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Sunday
Dec062015

Dashcam Review: Transcend DrivePro 220 with GPS & WiFi

The Transcend Drivepro 220 is a fully featured dashcam at a sensible price from a recognisable brand with a two year warranty. What's not to like? Watch the video below to find out all about this camera.

Purchasing

If you want to buy this camera, it is available online at Amazon UK or Amazon US (click the links to see the current price) There are also some good deals on ebay that may work out cheaper than Amazon (Click your country below to see the current prices available to you). 

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Sample Clips

If you want to download some sample clips from this camera Click Here.

You can find out more about the Drivepro range of dashcams on the Transcend Website

 

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Reader Comments (33)

As always, another cracking review.Your presentation and production is getting better all the time.Keep it up!

December 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

Looks like a good camera. Is it possible that the sharpness could be improved with a firmware update, or is it a result of the actual hardware that comes with it ? As it stands now, it appears to be adequate enough to justify buying it. Buying this camera from a local vendor would be a plus. Nice review, clear and to the point. Thanks again.

December 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArt

I want to use it with suction mount, but mounted on the dash itself as opposed to on window. This would of course mean that it is turned upside down

Would i be able to tell the camera to "record upside down"?

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJP

just found this it would be awesome if you can get one and review it for us! you film great videos! thumbs up for techmoan

http://www.amazon.com/R1-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Detection/dp/B00UA29I2E/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1450211367&sr=1-1&keywords=Vantrue+R1

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterREUNAMOE

Have you seen, yi is coming with a very similar, but better looking dashcam: http://www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_268947.html

December 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick (pcpanik)

While checking at Amazon U.S., they're alo showing the same camera with a 32 GB card, SD card adaptor, suction cup mount, micro fiber cloth, and a case. For $5.00 more. Interesting option I think. Would prefer to see a capacitor version, and possibly a less glossy finish. Maybe do away with that shiny ring around the lens, might not be so visible from outside the car.

December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArt

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December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKoonlung K1S

I wonder whether is possible to mount a dashcam on the front bumper or grill somehow - obviously it has to be a waterproof camera and has to work autonomously without any human action - any ideas?

December 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSzabi

Just wanted to say, what a breath of fresh air it is to listen to an everyday person who gives simple and honest reviews of products. I have watched almost all of your dash cam videos and have learned what I need to make an informed decision on the cams which will meet my needs. Bravo Mat. Keep up the great work. I appreciate all of your time and effort as I know working and keeping a website is not for the faint at heart. Take care and may 2016 bring you good health, happiness and a prosperous new year.

January 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRon Thomas

Hello
Thanks for posting the review of the 220 and how to set it up etc it was most helpful
I wonder if you can help. I purchased one and set it up...all OK etc.Downloaded Drivepro on my pc. I downloaded footage yesterday and watched it via Drivepro. I saved it by using a card reader,creating folder and dragging them over think
Now today's footage I tried to do the same and it wouldn't work,so I tried it by just using the dashcam straight into the PC,when it says connect to PC etc..... I can watch the footage but I also want it to be saved into the PC and watch it later etc but when I take the dashcam connection from the PC I can not watch the files.
Is there a simple method I can do this at all please? I just can not remember what I did different yesterday

Much obliged

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrainbow

Looking for heavier duty suction cup mount for Transcend 220. One more sturdy than OEM. Would prefer Amazon U.S. Thanks.

January 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I have some experience of these cameras and was interested in your review of the 220. I wanted an additional camera for our second car but was unable to get an HPF800g again due to shortages. I ordered on of these new transcend units it arrived ok and powered up ok and was easy to get up and running. Now the problem - it would not resolve a street name at 20 feet despite being static. I tried again and still could not even read a number plate on pause playback. Transcend Technical looked at the clips and agreed. but said it could be a 2week plus wait for a replacement. My rest showed its screen resolution was no better than 460 - far short of the 1080p that is should be if its HD. Then did an exchange for a Nextbase 520 and its even better than my already good HP unit.

January 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersteve b

A brilliant website extremely professional and very fair.
Well done

January 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGordon S

great review as always.......regarding UTC timezone? would i be correct in leaving 0 mins & 00 hrs for UK?

tony

January 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertony carrington

It's +/-0 in Winter and +1 in British Summer Time (after Spring Forward).

January 18, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just changed car and just can't hide the dashcam wires at all. Having been the victim of road rage I really just want to record my complete journey to and from work (under 40 minutes each way) and be able to play it back on a PC later if I had any trouble that day. I really don't need any fancy features. Surely there must be a dash cam that I can recharge daily and not have wires trailing to the 12v socket whilst driving? Alternatively, would I be better sticking an action cam on my dash as these do seem to have the battery life? Any thoughts and recommendations greatly appreciated.

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilko

I have tried to set up the Drive Pro 220 Wifi with my LG Android phone without success.
Trouble is I need walking through the instructions as I'm a silver surfer, can you help

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSPud Kelly

Fantastic video. I hate reading manuals, but now you have kindly showed me all the features, I at least know what it can do. Very professional, no-nonsense presentation. Many thanks, A

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterA Driver

How do you rate this vs the DrivePro 200? I found the 200 to be fairly solid, my only issue being that I drive less frequently than I used to and the internal battery (or capacitor or whatever it is they use) discharges over a few days and I have to re-set the date/time.

Is this still an issue with the 220? Is the 220 worth the upgrade or would you stick with the 200?

April 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I am comparing 3 dash cameras, 1. Transcend 220, new for $145, 2. Rexing S300, new for $150, 3. Garmin 20, Factory refurbished for $130. I would appreciate any feed back help in deciding which to buy and why? Thank you, David

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Bought Transcend 220 in January 2016.Everything worked properly except for 'jello' or 'wave' action in video - as though in a boat going up and down over waves. After returning it for a replacement in February, it has worked perfectly. Great video. Using 64G card.
While I can't compare it to other GPS dashcams, I am pleased with this purchase. I use both 'Dashcam Viewer', and free Transcend software.
As a sidenote, almost got rear-ended on Interstate yesterday. I had my original $27 dashcam in rear window but it came unstuck and I didn't replace it at the time. It would have shown the approaching vehicle. He did change lanes while burning rubber for several car lengths. But the Transcend did have the action of him going beside me and burning rubber. It is a keeper!

April 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Sumrall

I really like your videos they are really professional looking and informative very much like Mathias Wandels videos which I also enjoy watching. I also like your sense of humour. I found your "How to write a YouTube review" most amusing. I bought a Transcend drivepro 220 about a month ago because of your review of it and I have so far been very satisfied with it. I did have a Blackvue dr750 but it failed to work a couple of months over its years warranty so it has had to be sent off to hopefully be repaired. Please keep up the good work. Thanks Robert

May 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Hi, Mat! Thanks for your outstanding reviews. Without your thorough demos, advice and commentary, we would not have been able to easily decide on the Transcend DrivePro 220.

My husband and I have decided to replace our old $15.00 dash cams after three years of use because the video quality has degraded drastically. (Image of dashcam type: http://bit.ly/1sOSSJg ) Both of our dash cams worked fine at first, and the video quality was adequate... but now, even large stop signs are unreadable. Even the "HD" setting with the "Fine" option enabled results in videos that look blurry.

MY QUESTION: Have you ever observed (or heard of) dashcam video quality becoming worse as the camera ages? We assume that it's not a camera defect, because both of our old dash cams are experiencing the same issue. Even after a thorough lens cleaning and polishing, the blurriness persists.

And the blurriness is ALSO present on the time-date stamp overlay, so that leads me to believe it's not an issue with the lens. So I wonder ... can an image sensor go bad?

Thanks in advance for your reply. And thanks again for helping us to make our purchase decision.

~ Allen

June 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllen W.

I have heard of this phenomena, but unfortunately(?) because I change cameras frequently, I've never experienced it. Now I presumed that it was due to heat from the sun distorting the lens geometry...but your blurry time stamp issue really puts the spanner in the works for this theory. So now I don't know what the part is that fails - but I'm sticking with the idea that it is down to prolonged exposure the sun/heat.

June 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Is it possible to disable the GOS tracking and speed recording?

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTomac

@Tomac: You can toggle the GPS features on or off.

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllen W.

Based on Mat's review and demonstration video, this model was the one we chose for our two vehicles. As Mat pointed out in his thorough review, analysis and comments ... it's not the absolute best solution available ... but for the price (and warranty) and because of its robust features and ease of use, it's one of the best VALUES available.

TIP: We didn't like the shiny trim around the lens, and we disliked the branding and other lettering on the face of the unit. This helped to draw attention to the dashcam. So, we used a regular Sharpie black marker to darken the metallic ring around the lens, and used some vinyl electrical tape (trimmed to size) to cover the Transcend brand name, the "GPS" and "WiFi" lettering. Now it just blends in with the shadows of the car interior without being so obvious.

CAVEAT: If you use this tip of covering the lettering ... BE ADVISED that if you remove the vinyl tape, you're also likely to remove small bits of the lettering itself. You may want to avoid this technique if you're borrowing someone else's camera to try out, or if you think you may want to return the camera to your seller.

Good luck to all! Many thanks again to Mat ... you're very talented and knowledgeable ... your presentation is very captivating and thorough. We loved your no-nonsense and sensible evaluations. It was very helpful to have someone like you to help us get beyond the hype and techno-double-speak so that we can get a good sense of the camera's true capabilities and shortcomings and unnecessary "fluff". Well done, sir! We're truly grateful!

Best always,
Allen & Mike

July 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllen W.

My camera, just shy of 6 months old, decided to go blank while I was trying to view some files via wi-fi on my phone. Removed it from the car and a small blue light stays on. The screen appears to have power, it's a light blue when viewed at an angle. Can't find anything small enough to fit into the reset hole. Guess I'll wait till the battery goes dead, then try to power it up again. This may be the beginning of me buying the cheapest cameras, spending a bit doesn't seem to buy better quality.

August 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArt

Excellent review. You tested all the things that I would have tested.

One question. Have you noticed a problem with DrivePro Toolbox not scrolling the map as you drive along? Maybe it only affects the Windows version and not the Mac one that you will have been using. I find that at the start of each clip, the map is centred about the start point of that clip, with the position indicated by a ponter. However this pointer moves along the surrounding roads and eventually disappears off the edge because the map doesn't automatically scroll to keep the pointer in the centre of the window! Seems like a fairly elementary coding error. Dashcam Viewer seems to be much better all round - but then in many different siutations, third-party software is better than the proprietary software what comes with the device.

Also, do you know whether it is intentional that the wifi network is always turned off when you start the camera (it's the only setting whose value isn't remembered permanently) so if you want it turned on you have to remember to turn it on in the Settings menu each time you start to drive.

September 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Drive Pro doesn't scroll on my Win10 either. And window can't be expanded to full screen unless you don't mind losing the map. But with Dashcam Viewer, it's OK.

September 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

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